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Got old gadgets cluttering your space?

E-waste is a global concern, but there are practical steps you can take to make a difference.

In our tech-driven world, electronic devices have become indispensable. But with constant upgrades, what happens to the old gadgets? They tend to pile up and eat up storage space. But you can’t just throw them in the trash. E-waste poses a significant environmental threat if not disposed of responsibly.


E-waste is a term that refers to electronic devices that are no longer useful or wanted. These include things like:


·         Computers

·         Laptops

·         Smartphones

·         Tablets

·         Printers

·         Cameras

·         TVs

·         and more


E-waste can contain hazardous materials. Such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants. These can harm the environment and human health if they are not disposed of properly.


E-waste comprises about 70% of toxic waste. People only recycle 12.5% of it.


So, what can you do to responsibly get rid of e-waste at your home or office? Here are some tips.


1. Understand What Makes Up E-Waste


E-waste includes old computers, smartphones, printers, and other electronic devices. It also comprises batteries, chargers, and even cables. Understanding what makes up e-waste is the first step towards responsible disposal.


Most people simply aren’t aware of what e-waste includes. This is a big reason that most of it ends up in landfills. Which is not good for us or the environment.


2. Reduce Your E-Waste


The next step is to reduce the amount of e-waste you generate in the first place. This means buying only what you need. Also choosing durable and energy-efficient products. As well as extending the lifespan of your devices by repairing them when possible.


Before buying a new electronic device, ask if it’s necessary. Can more than one person share a company tablet, for example? In some cases, everyone in a family or office might not need a duplicate device.


3. Explore Recycling Programs


At Computer Corner. we practice the trinity of environmental stewardship - Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle (https://www.epa.gov/recycle). We Reduce by selling only high quality technology with an expected lifespan of at least five years. We Re-Use by reconditioning and reselling usable technology that has been left with us for disposal. Finally, we Recycle by sorting unusable technology and partnering with a local recycler for proper disposal.


4. Let Computer Corner help you Recycling your E-waste


At Computer Corner we can dismantle gadgets, recycle valuable components, and dispose of hazardous materials responsibly. Want your old electronics to have a second life? Are you interested in purchasing a Certified Reconditioned System, but have concerns? We understand.


Our experts will explain our reconditioning process, including how we decide which systems are worthy of being certified.


  • Fully cleaned, inside and out. Each component tested and replaced as necessary.

  • Old hard drive removed and shredded.

  • New 500BG SSD installed and loaded with Windows 10 Professional.


5. Consider Donating Functioning Devices


If your old devices are still functional, consider donating them. Many charities and schools accept functional electronics. This gives gadgets a new life and reduces e-waste.


Make sure you properly clean data from old devices first. You don’t want someone having access to your online banking app or all your family photos. Keep on reading for tips on doing this properly.


6. Dispose of Batteries Separately


Batteries, especially rechargeable ones, contain hazardous materials. You can recycle old batteries locally at Batteries Plus.


7. Try Manufacturer Take-Back Programs


Several electronic manufacturers offer take-back programs. When you buy a new device, inquire about their disposal programs. Some manufacturers take back old gadgets, ensuring responsible recycling or refurbishment.


8. Encourage Manufacturer Responsibility


Support companies that take environmental responsibility seriously. Choose products from manufacturers committed to sustainable practices and responsible e-waste management.


Make Sure to Secure Data Before Disposal, Sale, or Donation.


Before parting with your devices, wipe all data. Otherwise, you could become the victim of cybercrime. It’s not unusual for criminals to troll dumps for old electronics. Remove all traces of your data to keep yourself protected.


Use reliable data erasure software. Or consult with an IT professional to securely wipe information from old gadgets. Data security is crucial even in disposal.


Get Help Backing Up & Cleaning Devices


It’s important to both back up and remove all data from devices before you get rid of them. Computer Corner can help with expert data migration from the old device to the new one. As well as thorough data cleaning to ensure all information is removed.


Contact a Computer Corner Tech Advisor today to schedule a chat.


Article used with permission from The Technology Press.

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